Merrimack Valley region town crier for Sept. 12, 2021

Published: 9/15/2021 8:15:36 AM
ANDOVEREnjoy the coffeehouse

■The Andover Community Coffeehouse will be held outdoor Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. The live music event will be held in the grassy amphitheater between the school and the bank parking lots behind the Town Office Building in Andover. Singer Louise Grasmere will be featured and will be joined by several “Open Mic” acts. Free of charge, although the hat will be passed for donations. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; light supper items will be available for sale. For information and to request an open mic slot, contact

■The Andover Community Church is holding a Rummage & Bake Sale every Saturday through October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Highland Lake Grange Hall. In addition to various items and baked goods, pre-made meals will be for sale. All proceeds go toward the fund for repaving the church parking lot.

■The Andover Democratic Committee will hold its inaugural Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2 to 5 p.m. at The Barn at Highland Lake Inn, 32 Maple St. in East Andover. All are welcome. There will be games for kids, ice cream from Naughty Nellie’s and a chance to chat with other townsfolk. $5 suggested donation; kids under 12 free.

■Anyone interested in learning more about The Andover Community Hub is welcome to visit an Open House on Sept. 19, 2 to 4 p.m., to see what work has been going on in the building while it has been closed, for information on upcoming classes and to find out how to get involved. Children are welcome along with their parents and kids’ activities are planned. At 3 p.m., there will be an unveiling of a plaque recognizing the inclusion earlier this year of the 1879 building in the NH State Register of Historic Places.

■Bone Builders classes are starting up again at The Andover Community Hub on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Bone Builders is a strength and balance class aimed at preventing or reducing osteoporosis, and aimed primarily at those age 55 and older. Men as well as women, and all levels of physical ability, are welcome to join at any time. Free, although a small donation is suggested. For information, contact



BOSCAWENEquine spots available

■A few spots are available for “Fun at the Farm” at ECMC in Boscawen for the hands-on program offered by Equine Equestrian Center, in collaboration with Merrimack County Human Services. Sessions are on Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. starting this week and continuing through Oct. 7. It is a complimentary, seven-week program for youth, ages eight to 13, at the farm located at 333 Daniel Webster Highway. This hands-on program offers the participant the opportunity to learn about horses and ponies in a safe and welcoming environment. For more information, please email or call at (603) 497-2343 and ask for Kathryn.

■History of Civil Defense will be presented by the Boscawen Historical Society on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Mike Nawoj will talk about the history of Boscawen’s Civil Defense Program that was designed to minimize the effects of the war on civilians, dealing with emergencies and restoring utilities and facilities if damaged in an attack.

■Celebrate Bike Your Park Day with the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail on Sept. 25. Join them at Jamie Welch Memorial Field on Depot Street at 11 a.m. for a 2.5 mile ride escorted tour down the Northern Rail Trail to River Road and to it’s new trail end at Hannah Duston Island. Bring your favorite non-motorized transportation, and lunch or snack. For more information, email To sign up (not required), go to

■The Boscawen Public Library welcomes Juno, a Great Pyrenees dog who loves children and listening to stories. He will be at the library on Sept. 25 with his owner, Kathy Mathis for a special storytime at 11 a.m.

■Boscawen Congregational Church is offering a video-based Bible study “Living by Faith” starting on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. for six weeks. Sunday school classes for pre-k through high school start on Sept. 19 and Junior Church resumes on the first Sunday of each month beginning Oct. 3.

■The Book Discussion Group at the Boscawen Public Library is meeting on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to share their comments on “The Midnight Library” a novel by Matt Haig.



CANTERBURYCrafting group

■Message from Elkins Public Library: Book Group: Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm. We’ll be reading “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Copies are available at the library and can be downloaded on Hoopla and NH Downloadable Books. Our meeting will be in person at the library.

■Crafting resumes! Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. we’ll have a craft morning. Julia Barton will demonstrate making fabric covered tile coasters. This meeting will be held in the Meeting House so that there is enough space to social distance and wear masks. If you would like to pick up the materials and attend via Zoom, please be sure to let us know by calling the Library.

■WHO? OWL of course! Elkins Public Library is pleased to announce the Meeting OWL Pro which will provide youngsters through adults with the ability to participate in programs no matter where you are! Future library programs that are in-person will also be available virtually to provide choice of viewing. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

■Head over to to check out our new and updated website. We now have the ability to book reservations for all future virtual and in-person programs. Just hit the banner at the top of the page to access our easy-to-use sign up form.

■The Dewey School is excited to be supporting Wee-Ones Walks this fall. Join Canterbury’s own Jayne Hastings, a longtime nature-based educator, for strolling, songs, and stories while connecting to nature at the Canterbury Shaker Village. Offered two Tuesday mornings a month beginning Sept. 14, this program is for children ages birth through three and their caregiver. For more information go to

■The Canterbury Rascals 4H club is restarting for the upcoming year. New members are always welcome! Members must be 8 years old as of January 2022 to join the Canterbury Rascals. Our first meeting will be held Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at Petals in the Pines in Canterbury. We plan to hold our meeting outside. Masks are not required outside. Current 4H policy is all members and parents must wear masks inside, regardless of vaccination status. Members and parents will also need to answer basic screening questions. The club will not be providing snacks, but feel free to bring your own to have outside. Contact with any questions or 540-9877.


SALISBURYFlu shot clinic planned

■The Budget Committee will meet at Academy Hall on Monday at 7 p.m.

■The School Board will meet at MVHS on Monday at 7:15 p.m. Further information and the agenda can be found at

■The Salisbury Free Library Trustees meet at the Library for their meeting on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Masks are strongly recommended.

■The Board of Selectmen meets on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. Zoom is also available for those who wish to join virtually. The Zoom link may be found on the town’s website

■The Planning Board will meet at Academy Hall on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

■The Conservation Committee will meet at Academy Hall on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

■There is a Flu Vaccination Clinic on Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Salisbury Safety Complex. Motor Vehicles will be asked to drive through the apparatus bays. For additional information call the Prescription Center at (6030224-9591

■The volunteers at the Salisbury Haunted woods are busy getting ready for their upcoming haunting season and they are open every Saturday in October and the last two Fridays, which equals seven spooktacular nights. They can’t wait to see you at the haunt. The Salisbury Haunted Woods is a 501c3 charity supporting local education and community organizations. If you would like to volunteer to help get ready for their opening or to act in the haunt please reach out to Tickets are now on sale through

■Autumn weekly cribbage every Thursday at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Town Hall. All are welcome no matter what town you are from. The cost is $5 per person plus $0.25 for each 19 hand and crib. At the end of the night all money is paid out. You do not need a partner to play and you don’t need to come every week. Unvaccinated people are recommended to wear a mask please .

■The Friends of Forgotten Children food pantry serves 23 towns in Merrimack County, and Salisbury is one of them. They are open on Thursdays, 9 to 11:15 a.m. (closed for lunch 11:15 a.m. to noon), and noon to 7 p.m. A household can come once a month for food. First time clients should bring proof of residency for each member of the household. During COVID, we are not verifying income eligibility. Clients can’t come into the building, so once you arrive at the location, call (603) 753-4801 and someone will take your information and the food will be brought outside. They also have a clothing pantry and on good weather days, they will put the clothing outside for anyone to take. For questions please contact Jane Belanger, Finance Clerk Friends of Forgotten Children, at (603) 753-4801

■The town clerk is now open to the public for indoor in-person service. Masks are recommended for all those not fully vaccinated and please continue to observe social distancing. See the town’s website under the department of the town clerk for that information.

■The library is now open to the public. Please see their website for updated information. Open hours are as follows: Mondays (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Tuesday and Thursdays (1 to 7 p.m.), and Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Pickup and delivery may not be available during story time or trustee meetings due to staffing. Story time is live on Facebook, Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The library’s website at will be up to date with latest news and details on their pickup and online services.

■For more information regarding Salisbury and goings-on please visit the town’s website at and like us on Facebook.




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